Daily Archives: April 11, 2013

The body, Amsterdam time

The human mind and body . . . amazing.

I left the jet yesterday with a fairly swollen ankle, but within ten minutes of debarking, I was feeling like walking again.

And instead of taking a taxi as planned, we took the train and saved Euros.  Of course that meant more walking.

One thing I do know is that this little ‘ol body doesn’t like cobbletones.  Walking in a boot means that any uneven surface is more of a challenge.  I knew what to expect, but wow . . . .  Amsterdam sidewalk are not made for the movement-challenged.

I feel pretty heavily into bed last evening.

And then I was wide awake at 4.45 in the morning, just as I have been pretty much every day for the last two weeks.  No matter the time zone, I’m awake at the same time.  I don’t get it, although I know it has to do with wiring and internal expectations rather than Circadian rhythms and such.

So, at 5.55 a.m. Amsterdam time, I’ve been up for an hour, and I’m ready for the day.  The camera battery is charged.  I’m editing the canal videos from yesterday.  No sun is yet appearing.

 

Canal tour

 

Amsterdam Centraal train yard from my hotel window.
Amsterdam Centraal train yard from my hotel window.

So that we could become a bit more attuned to Amsterdam, Trent and I took a canal tour this evening.  Then we went to a Brazilian restaurant nearby.

First Amsterdam pic

On a cart at Schiphol.  I ended up walking the short distance to Immigration after all.
On a cart at Schiphol. I ended up walking the short distance to Immigration after all.

 

Arrived Amsterdam safely, although five hours late thanks to rebooking on Delta rather than United, and then mechanical delays in Detroit.  Finally left the US at 12.30 a.m. this morning Eastern Time, meaning I’m on a regular sleep cycle already.  Lovely waterfront hotel right by Amsterdam Centraal station.  Dinner tonight with Trent Patterson, and then full day tomorrow in Leiden and The Hague.